Villarreal beat Real Madrid at Bernabeu

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Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat after going down 1-0 to Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"But everyone wants him at Real Madrid and we want that". In their last La Liga game, Madrid drew 2-2 with Celta de Vigo.

Although they qualified for the quarter-finals of the King's Cup knockout competition on Wednesday following a 2-2 draw at home to second division Numancia, there was little reason for cheer following another lackluster display from Zinedine Zidane's side as none of the fringe players except Lucas Vazquez were able to give a case for a promotion into Saturday's starting 11.

Saturday's result left the defending champion 16 points behind league leader Barcelona, which can increase the gap when it plays at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

And Villarreal, in sixth place, should prove a tougher test than both of them.

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The host had most of the chances under steady rain, but Villarreal also threatened a few times before Fornals found the net. Cristiano Ronaldo was next to come close four minutes later as he smashed the crossbar with a dipping free kick.

Real fired off almost 30 shots but their accuracy was wayward, with Cristiano Ronaldo among the worst culprits in front of goal.

Ronaldo almost scored from close range just before halftime, but his shot was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo in a play in which the forward claimed to be pushed before he hit the ball.

Villarreal launched a lightning counter-attack led by Cheryshev, who slipped in Unal and, although his shot was saved by Keylor Navas, Fornals was on hand to brilliantly clip his shot over the stranded Madrid goalkeeper to spark jubilant scenes on the away bench. Fornals picked up the loose ball just outside the area and chipped it over the goalkeeper for the stunning victor.

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